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“Reserve and enjoy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria La Gensola

Osteria La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola 15, 06 58332758 Rome, Italy
06-581-6312
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Ranked #1,628 of 8,711 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Warm atmosphere in the heart of Trastevere with fantastic, well-presented food. Great place for authentic Italian dishes as it is mainly frequented by locals.
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“Reserve and enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

This place is amazing. Portions are small but delicious. Highly recommended for foodies. We booked for the same evening and could onynget the tavle by the door, but the experience was nonetheless exquisite. Lovely service. Should be much higher on the trip advisor list. Probably not up there because not many tourists.

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Bellingham, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Lunch in a Bright, Attractive Room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We were unfashionably early for lunch at 1pm, lone diners until the place began to fill up at around 2pm. Our waiter brought us tasty, fried chickpea dough to munch on while we awaited our order.
We shared two antipasti:
Paté di Alici Fresche con Crostini di Pane alla Bottarga di Muggine: We loved the taste of the fresh anchovy paté, and this was my first taste of bottarga, which I'd been wanting to try for a while. Very, very good.
Seppie Scottate con Guanciale e Capperi: Mr. Nightshade and I differed on our impression of this dish (our only culinary difference during the trip). He thought the guanciale and capers overwhelmed the cuttlefish, I thought it was a synergistic combination. In fact, I want to try to replicate the dish.
Unsurprisingly, we went with pasta for our main dish. Mr. NS had Linguine con Gamberi, Melanzane, e Provola di Bufalo Affumicata, which received rave reviews. He thought this was the best he'd tasted yet.
I had the Ravioli di Spigola, con Fumetto e Salvia. Absolutely fantastic. I make all kinds of ravioli, would never have thought of bass, but will try it now. It was quite salty, and I learned from the waiter that this dish also contained bottarga. I was in luck on this day.
All in all a fabulous meal, perfect to my taste.

Visited October 2012
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Naples, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“What a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Went here the last night in Rome and loved it. Fantastic food and wine. I would love to go again. Hopefully will come back to rome sometime and eat here. Service was friendly and professional without a trace of stuffiness. Wine selected by staff was fantastic and inexpensive. The dessert was great, a cheesecake. Pasta with botarga was funky in a great way.

Visited October 2012
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Camano Island, WA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Dinner at LaGensola was superb.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

A casual friendly atmsophere (and help explaining some of the food selections) added to our enjoyment of dinner here the week of October 8. A real surprise was the chicory, sauteed with garlic, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon pieces, topped with a poached egg. I have already made this at home as a side dish using spinach.....can't find chicory. Every course was delicious and we loved the attention paid to us by the waitstaff.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rome, Italy
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

After living in Rome for two and a half years, and eating here dozens of times, we would say Gensola is one of our favorite places in Rome. Lots more variety (bottarga, sea urchin) that you won't find elsewhere. Great seafood, Nice service that is always accommodating. It's had off nights in the past, but lately maintains it's quality without getting going downhill like many other places in Rome. We'll probably eat our last meal here or Da Teo.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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